Lush Longboards Minnow Short Longboard

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Lush Longboards Minnow Short Longboard

The Minnow is Lush Longboards smaller longboard, perfect for smaller riders and adults who want a smaller overall setup.

We like pintails. You just can’t beat that classic surfy shape under your feet as you cruise along. Surfy lines just look fast, even standing still!

However the problem with pintail shapes, especially in smaller lengths, is that they get very narrow at the nose and tail, leaving you with not much space to stand.

Skinny pintails can look kinda cool in a shop window or on the internet, but you’ll see why we don’t like them as soon as you stand on one… Less space for your feet means less comfort, less board lean and less response from the trucks.

In other words, less of all the good things we all want our skateboards to have.

So when the guys at Lush came to shape the Minnow as a “compact pintail,” they really went right back to the drawing board. What they have created is a board with classic, surfy lines, in a shape that looks good and more importantly feels great under your feet and even better to skate.

Available in three builds.

Lush Longboards Minnow Short Longboard: Precision Complete Spec

The top of the food chain. If you want a longboard and you want to know you've got the proper stuff and never need an upgrade again, you're best served by the Minnow in all its Precision glory. A fantastic platform for exploring every type of skating - you'll cruise for miles without even noticing on this magic carpet. It's got high end race wheels, forged precision trucks and bearings that roll fast, stay true and are almost maintenance-free. Completes, quite literally, do not get better than this.

Lush Longboards Minnow Short Longboard: Elite Complete Spec

The Elite level complete is what you want if you really want to get rolling, picking up speed and digging hard into your carves. The Sabre Longboard trucks will allow you to really lean into turns, and will feel stable and forgiving under your feet. Not to mention the gigantic smooth wheels! It'll roll further, faster and smoother than any stock complete available - that's a guarantee.

Lush Longboards Minnow Short Longboard: Pro Complete Spec

The Minnow Pro is a setup that simply can't be beaten on value for money. In this price range you won't find another deck that's been designed by longboarders to this level. Just look at it! The wheels are big, smooth high quality beasts from Cult and it's tied together with surfy and divey Sabre Street trucks. You'd be silly not to.
Length 36.0" / 91.4cm See similar length boards
Width 9.75" / 24.8cm See similar width boards
Wheelbase 21.25" / 54.0cm See boards with a similar wheelbase
Nose Length 3.6" / 9.1cm
Tail Length 6.875" / 17.5cm
Truck Mounting Topmount
Deck Flex Stiff
Concave Mild Concave
Deck construction Maple
Profile Rocker

Is the Elite setup worth the extra £77.50?

For only an extra £77.50, you can upgrade the "Pro" setup to the "Elite" Level build.

The Elite setup is a pretty heavy wheel and bearing upgrade over the Pro.

You get Sabre Built-In Labyrinth Bearings - fully shielded, easy to clean, with built in bearing spacers. They roll faster and last longer than the Pro level metal shielded ABEC5 bearings.

The Elite complete also includes Cult Cultron 74mm Longboard Wheels White, poured from a higher grade urethane. Premium urethane rolls fater, lasts longer, and generally injects a whole new level of life into the board - once you've skated decent wheels, you won't want anything else!

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The trucks are a huge part of any longboard or cruiser setup - and extra spend on the Elite takes you to a pair of Sabre Standard Longboard Trucks.

These trucks make a HUGE difference to how your board will skate - you'll be able to turn harder and carve deeper, whilst being more stable. That's the magic of a proper longboard truck!

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Less obvious is the wheel upgrade. Your extra £77.50 gets you a set of Cult Cultron over the Pro build's Cult Emperor. Apart from the obvious size difference, the Cult Cultron are poured from a higher grade of urethane - an invisible difference that you will immediately notice as soon as you push the board off.

Just like the bearings, the wheel upgrade makes your board roll faster and last longer - what's not to like??

If you look at the SRP difference of these components and add them together you'll see that the upgrade from Pro to Elite represents serious value - trust us, it's well worth it.

Coupled with this, we've noticed that almost everyone who makes it into our shop ends up with an Elite setup - the value is clear once you have the board in your hands!

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How about the Precision build?

If you're ready to skate the best setup out there the best of the best, step it up to the Precison Build!

For an extra £70, you get the same wheels and bearings as the Elite build, but with a set of Sabre Forged Precision Mk3s.

Given that a set of these trucks would normally set you back £180, that's a serious value for a serious setup!

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How does the Lush Longboards Minnow compare?

The MInnow is a great place to be if you're looking for a shorter longboard.

We find that short longboards are a really nice sweet spot in terms of size - small enough to be light, turny and carryable, but still with loads of foot space for beginners and bombing around town.

The one thing the Minnow lacks though, is a kicktail.... but that's OK, because there is another great option in the Lush lineup which does... the Throttle!

The Throttle is very close to the Minnow... very similar dimensions, rocker concave and a simple, considered shape.

The real difference is the inclusion of a kicktail, allows easier kickturns, ollies and a more familiar ride if you're used to regular boards.

The Throttle features smaller wheels on all the stock setups, making it a touch lighter and faster to accelerate. The only downer is you'll lose a bit of the crazy rollover that the big 70mm+ wheels on the Minnow bring.

If you like the Minnow but want a tail... check out the Throttle!

Lush Longboards Throttle Short Longboard Review
Lush Longboards Minnow Lush Longboards Throttle
Price From £90 From £120
Length 36.0" / 91.4cm 34.0" / 86.4cm
Width 9.75" / 24.8cm 9.125" / 23.2cm
Wheelbase 21.25" / 54.0cm 20.5" / 52.1cm
Wheels Cult Emperor 71mm or Cult Cultron 74mm Cult Nova 60mm or Cult Nova 60mm
Trucks Sabre Skateboard Truck 170mm or Sabre Standard Longboard Truck 48 180mm Sabre Skateboard Truck 170mm or Sabre Standard Longboard Truck 48 180mm
Bearings Vandem Value Skate Bearings - ABEC 5 or Sabre Built-In Labyrinth Bearings Vandem Value Skate Bearings - ABEC 5 or Sabre Built-In Labyrinth Bearings

Customise your ride!

We can change the truck bushings on this board to suit your weight and riding style!

This way your board will come set up perfectly for you, straight out of the box.

Just refer to the table below and make your choice as you add to cart!

Rider weightBushing Hardness
10 - 50kgsExtra Soft
50 - 72kgsSofter
72 - 90kgsStock Setup
90 - 104kgsHarder
104 - 120kgsExtra Hard
Skateboard Bushings

Some other things to consider...

  • If in doubt - go softer! Turnier boards are easier to balance on, and a lot more fun to skate.
  • If you are "between hardnesses," we would recommend the softer option. So for example, for a 73kg rider, "Soft" rather than "Stock Setup" might be a better choice. Get in touch if you're not sure!
  • if you want a very turny board - say for a dancing longboard - then it's worth going one stop softer than you otherwise would do. Watch out for wheelbite though!
  • Likewise, if you want a board for downhill speed, then go up a step harder than the weight table suggests.
  • You do have a bit of adjustment in the truck's kingpin nut, but we would suggest that if you have more than two threads showing then it's time to go to a harder bushing.
  • If you already have a board (or some trucks!) and you would like to change your bushings to suit your weight, check out our truck/bushing compatability chart!

Lush Longboards Minnow Short Longboard Reviews

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HW
02/08/2024
Helen W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Great service, quick delivery

I ordered a short longboard online and it arrived in a couple of days in perfect condition, really well packaged. Website was informative and easy to use.

NL
01/23/2024
Nick L.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Longboard

Excellent long board. Great advice, quick delivery, awesome longboard and set up perfectly for my 10 year old son.

C
12/05/2023
Chris
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Pure workmanship

As always ordering from vandem great advice from rich and Matt love the minnow got it yesterday so not the had a chance to ride it yet as it’s been raining but I purchased the board in the sale for a great price, the workmanship is amazing and made in the uk it’s clear these guys know what there doing!! Really really pleased

CP
04/19/2023
Colin P.

Erm…it’s rad!

I bought this deck to add some new life to an old lush model have. Went out on it today. Did some basic dance steps, progressed some, carved the **** out of my local park on a set up which is light, compact and portable but still long enough! I can fully recommend this deck - it’s wide, lovely and carves / pumps like a dream. I’m 13 ish stone - my old board was too much of a trampoline for my weight. This has some flex but not too aggressive. . The completes on this model have larger wheels but my (old) TKP trucks would only allow 63mm wheels with wedge / de wedge risers. Wheel wells would make this perfect but still giving this a 5 :) It’s day one and I’m having a great time on the minnow! Excellent advice as always from Vandem. It’s my go-to shop now and will no doubt be back in the summer! Thanks guys!

EM
09/04/2022
Euan M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Brilliant, pure dead brilliant

Phone up for advice as it's been nearly 30 years since I last skateboarded. Matt listened and directed me to the Minnow. He explained why it was the board for me. So far he was spot on. Loving being back on a board and it's putting a massive grin on my face. Faultless service, friendly and honest. Board is exactly what they said. Highly recommended.

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